2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Championships: Jake Magahey, Brooks Fail Lead 500 Free Prelims

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Photo Courtesy: Christina Long / Georgia Athletics

The 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship continued Thursday with the first preliminary session of the meet from Greensboro, North Carolina.

The events scheduled are the 500 freestyle, 200 IM and 50 freestyle.

Texas took an early lead in the meet by winning the 800 freestyle relay on the first night and looks to build on it on Day 2.

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NCAA Championships: 500 Free

Florida’s Kieran Smith has the all-time fastest swim in the event at 4:06.21, followed by Georgia’s Jake Magahey (4:06.71). Texas’ Drew Kibler has the fifth-fastest time in 4:08.25. The Longhorns have won this event since 2015 with Clark Smith winning in 2015 and 2017 and Townley Haas winning in 2016, 2018 and 2019. Those are the wins for Texas. USC has 14 titles in the event with Arizona and Michigan each tallying eight. Notre Dame’s Zachary Yeadon held the pool record at 4:10.30.

Georgia’s Jake Magahey broke the Greensboro pool record to take the top seed in what looks to be an incredible packed 500 free final. Magahey touched the wall in 4:09.36 to hold off the field.

Arizona senior Brooks Fail was also under the pool record, originally set by Notre Dame’s Zachary Yeadon (4:10.30) in 2020. Fail touched in 4:09.41 to take the second seed.

American record-holder Kieran Smith, a junior from Florida, took the third seed in 4:11.03, ahead of Cal senior Sean Grieshop (4:11.12) and Texas junior Drew Kibler (4:11.52).

Cal senior Trenton Julian took the sixth seed in 4:11.60, followed by NC State sophomore Ross Dant (4:12.34) and Florida junior Bobby Finke (4:12.37).

It is set up to be a pretty exciting final packed with experienced swimmers who all have a shot to win. It should be a fun race to watch tonight.

Event 3  Men 500 Yard Freestyle
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         NCAA: N 4:06.32  2/19/2020 Kieran Smith, Florida
         Meet: M 4:08.19  3/28/2019 Townley Haas, Texas
     American: A 4:06.32  2/19/2020 Kieran Smith, Florida
   U. S. Open: O 4:06.32  2/19/2020 Kieran Smith, Florida
         Pool: P 4:10.39  2/27/2020 Zachary Yeadon, Notre Dame
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Magahey, Jake          FR Georgia           4:06.71    4:09.36P 
    r:+0.73  23.21        48.48 (25.27)
        1:14.03 (25.55)     1:39.59 (25.56)
        2:05.16 (25.57)     2:30.48 (25.32)
        2:55.63 (25.15)     3:20.61 (24.98)
        3:45.32 (24.71)     4:09.36 (24.04)
  2 Fail, Brooks           SR Arizona           4:11.29    4:09.41P 
    r:+0.71  22.89        47.89 (25.00)
        1:13.25 (25.36)     1:38.64 (25.39)
        2:04.07 (25.43)     2:29.43 (25.36)
        2:54.74 (25.31)     3:20.09 (25.35)
        3:44.95 (24.86)     4:09.41 (24.46)
  3 Smith, Kieran          JR Florida           4:06.32    4:11.03  
    r:+0.69  23.08        48.42 (25.34)
        1:13.77 (25.35)     1:39.27 (25.50)
        2:04.82 (25.55)     2:30.32 (25.50)
        2:55.82 (25.50)     3:21.22 (25.40)
        3:46.44 (25.22)     4:11.03 (24.59)
  4 Grieshop, Sean         SR California        4:15.79    4:11.12  
    r:+0.65  22.89        47.81 (24.92)
        1:12.99 (25.18)     1:38.55 (25.56)
        2:03.95 (25.40)     2:29.38 (25.43)
        2:55.06 (25.68)     3:20.78 (25.72)
        3:46.23 (25.45)     4:11.12 (24.89)
  5 Kibler, Drew           JR Texas             4:08.26    4:11.52  
    r:+0.64  21.97        46.48 (24.51)
        1:11.28 (24.80)     1:36.57 (25.29)
        2:01.79 (25.22)     2:27.27 (25.48)
        2:53.48 (26.21)     3:19.36 (25.88)
        3:45.40 (26.04)     4:11.52 (26.12)
  6 Julian, Trenton        SR California        4:09.49    4:11.60  
    r:+0.63  22.71        48.12 (25.41)
        1:13.66 (25.54)     1:39.33 (25.67)
        2:04.89 (25.56)     2:30.26 (25.37)
        2:55.75 (25.49)     3:21.19 (25.44)
        3:46.61 (25.42)     4:11.60 (24.99)
  7 Dant, Ross             SO NC State          4:12.21    4:12.34  
    r:+0.61  22.83        47.60 (24.77)
        1:12.71 (25.11)     1:37.90 (25.19)
        2:03.06 (25.16)     2:28.43 (25.37)
        2:54.12 (25.69)     3:20.04 (25.92)
        3:46.13 (26.09)     4:12.34 (26.21)
  8 Finke, Bobby           JR Florida           4:13.48    4:12.37  
    r:+0.73  23.24        48.33 (25.09)
        1:13.90 (25.57)     1:39.59 (25.69)
        2:05.33 (25.74)     2:31.19 (25.86)
        2:56.80 (25.61)     3:22.49 (25.69)
        3:47.78 (25.29)     4:12.37 (24.59)
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  9 Hoagland, Jack         SO Notre Dame        4:11.26    4:12.40  
    r:+0.73  22.99        48.16 (25.17)
        1:13.75 (25.59)     1:39.71 (25.96)
        2:05.37 (25.66)     2:31.01 (25.64)
        2:56.99 (25.98)     3:22.39 (25.40)
        3:47.77 (25.38)     4:12.40 (24.63)
 10 Freeman, Trey          SO Florida           4:12.76    4:12.61  
    r:+0.69  22.88        48.03 (25.15)
        1:13.53 (25.50)     1:39.21 (25.68)
        2:05.08 (25.87)     2:30.76 (25.68)
        2:56.51 (25.75)     3:22.08 (25.57)
        3:47.86 (25.78)     4:12.61 (24.75)
 11 Shoults, Grant         SR Stanford          4:13.73    4:12.85  
    r:+0.66  23.06        48.27 (25.21)
        1:13.52 (25.25)     1:39.06 (25.54)
        2:04.65 (25.59)     2:30.18 (25.53)
        2:55.59 (25.41)     3:21.03 (25.44)
        3:46.97 (25.94)     4:12.85 (25.88)
 12 Yeadon, Zach           SR California        4:10.61    4:12.96  
    r:+0.77  23.12        48.31 (25.19)
        1:13.91 (25.60)     1:39.66 (25.75)
        2:05.39 (25.73)     2:31.12 (25.73)
        2:56.72 (25.60)     3:22.44 (25.72)
        3:48.14 (25.70)     4:12.96 (24.82)
 13 Zettle, Alex           JR Texas             4:14.39    4:13.01  
    r:+0.78  23.27        48.18 (24.91)
        1:13.34 (25.16)     1:38.79 (25.45)
        2:04.32 (25.53)     2:30.11 (25.79)
        2:56.04 (25.93)     3:21.77 (25.73)
        3:47.53 (25.76)     4:13.01 (25.48)
 14 Larson, Johnthomas     SR Texas             4:15.04    4:13.40  
    r:+0.67  23.09        48.20 (25.11)
        1:13.60 (25.40)     1:39.09 (25.49)
        2:04.69 (25.60)     2:30.62 (25.93)
        2:56.55 (25.93)     3:22.40 (25.85)
        3:47.84 (25.44)     4:13.40 (25.56)
 15 Callan, Patrick        JR Michigan          4:13.10    4:13.92  
    r:+0.67  23.19        48.48 (25.29)
        1:14.05 (25.57)     1:39.98 (25.93)
        2:05.80 (25.82)     2:31.64 (25.84)
        2:57.49 (25.85)     3:23.30 (25.81)
        3:48.97 (25.67)     4:13.92 (24.95)
 16 Mestre, Alfonso        SO Florida           4:12.77    4:14.10  
    r:+0.71  22.95        48.36 (25.41)
        1:13.97 (25.61)     1:40.00 (26.03)
        2:05.72 (25.72)     2:31.46 (25.74)
        2:57.48 (26.02)     3:23.60 (26.12)
        3:49.27 (25.67)     4:14.10 (24.83)

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